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There’s absolutely no denying the fact that Superman is one of the mightiest superheroes on Earth.
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Not only that, the Justice League leader is a very bankable superhero in cinema and television history with a series of hit films and television series being made out of it, with the latest being Henry Cavill’s portrayal.
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Now what was an extraordinary piece of news for DC fans, it was reported that Michael B. Jordan is developing an HBO Limited Series on DC’s Black Superman, Val-Zod!
Michael B. Jordan is developing a Black Superman project centered on the Val-Zod incarnation of the character from DC Comics.
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So far, it has not been confirmed whether Michael, who has already starred in Marvel’s Black Panther and Fantastic Four movies, will be playing the superhero on screen. We’d like to think he has all it takes to be the first live-action Black Superman. Now, while HBO has declined to comment or share any details about the potential project, here are five things you should know.
1. Different Earth, Different Universe
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First thing’s first. It might come out to be a shock to you but there are around 52 Universes in the DC Universe, meaning there are 52 Earths as well. Now, the Superman that we are used to seeing is Earth One’s Superman, Clark Kent AKA Kal-El. The new Black Superman TV Series will, however, focus on Earth-Two and its Superman, Val-Zod.
2. Val-Zod Is The Second Superman
There are many Supermans across the entire DC Universe. However, Val-Zod, being one of the last Kryptonians just like Kal-El, is the second to use the mantle of Superman after Clark Kent.
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Unlike Kal-El’s history of Krypton before destruction, Val’s parents are actually executed by the planet’s court and he somehow manages to escape the planet and reach Earth-Two. So, just in case you’re tired of watching the same old Superman origin story in the cinema halls, the TV show is going to be something very different.
3. He Too Has Really Cool Superpowers
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Clark Kent’s Superman is said to be one of the most powerful superheroes in the DC Universe, and well, Val-Zod is certainly no different. The Black Superman really possesses an awesome set of powers that range from Heat Vision, Super-Hearing, Enhanced Vision, the ability to fly, Superhuman Strength, stamina, speed, invulnerability, Solar Energy Radiation as well as a Genius Level Intellect.
After what Marvel has been doing with its Disney Plus TV series, it’s really exciting to imagine what DC and HBO Max may be up to in terms of showing the Black Superman’s full range of powers on the small screen.
4. Script Already In The Works
While not much is known about the limited series, it has been reported that an unnamed writer has been working on a script, with Michael B. Jordan producing the series on his own. With the 34-year-old actor already swamped with projects this year including producing, directing, and starring in Creed 3, the chances of him actually playing the part of Val-Zod look slim. However, they are certainly not zero!
5. An All-Black Cast
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Back in June of 2020, Michael had urged studios and agencies to invest in black staff, especially after the success of his Black Panther film. And there are now calls from fans of the show to follow in the lead of the Marvel film, with many even suggesting that the actual show could incorporate some parallels from the actual scenes in America, where Val-Zod could actually fight racism and inequality in the country.
Anyhow, we are definitely up for it and we hope that the series gets an official green light soon enough.